Tips for getting kids out on the hiking trails

Wouldn’t it be great if your kids begged to go on a hike instead of playing video games or going to the mall? There are ways to encourage their love for the outdoors and as they develop more of a comfort level in nature, you may find them coming up with new plans to head out a trail.

If you’re looking for a place to start, Jennifer Pharr Davis has some practical tips. She’s an avid hiker and has completed the Appalachian Trail three times. On her last trek in 2011, she clocked what was then the fastest thru-hike on the AT, finishing in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes.

But she says that’s old news. She’s most proud of her continuing efforts to keep her 2 1/2-year-old daughter engaged with the natural world. “For the first two years of her life, we hiked in all 50 states,” said Davis. “We combined it with a book tour. For us, it was a statement that adventure doesn’t have to stop because you became a parent.”

Jen has some great tips for getting your kids interested, and keeping them interested…


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